Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kyrie Irving discusses Celtics’ low-scoring Game 1 win

Kyrie Irving discusses Celtics’ low-scoring Game 1 win

In the second, the Pacers offense woke up a little and managed to give IN a seven-point lead going into halftime, 45-38.

When Bogdanovic was asked about the incident following Indiana's practice on Monday (Brad Stevens and the Celtics took the day off), he downplayed the incident as nothing more than what typically happens in the heat of a playoff battle.

As a Pacers season ticket holder, once Victor Oladipo went down with his season-ending quad rupture, I pretty much wrote them off from there. Bojan Boganovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

The Celtics and Pacers will resume their series Wednesday night. After leading for much of the first half, IN was held to only 29 points IN the second, thanks to a lack of shot-making and a truly dominant defensive performance for Boston. The Celtics entered the year with championship aspirations and settled for inconsistency and occasional struggles on both ends of the floor, leading to a 4-seed that barely earned them an extra home game next to the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the first round. "We were getting wide open looks and they were rattling in-and-out or they were just missed shots". Irving's first possession as a Celtic in the playoffs was an enchanting menagerie of pivots, pump fakes, and indefensible shots.

When Terry Rozier bombed in a 27-footer in the final second of the quarter, the Celtics took a 64-53 lead to the fourth period and never looked back. "They turned up the intensity, we didn't respond to that". IN ended up going a dismal 2-19 from the field.

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers.

The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season. Jaylen Brown got the start for Marcus Smart, who is out with a torn oblique, and made just one of the five shots he attempted. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

"They have incredible defenders on their team", Irving said.

IN then missed two more shots before Cory Joseph connected on two foul shots at the 5:27 mark. Irving, the Celtics star, discussed the victory with reporters after the game.

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